Phonics results

We are delighted to announce that every child who participated in the National Phonics Screening Check in 2018 reached the required standard or above.  We received a letter from the Minister of State for School Standards Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP congratulating our staff and children for outstanding achievement.

Click on the following link to read our  Phonics outstanding achievement letter

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What parents need to know about the Phonic Screening Check

Our school will administer the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check during the week beginning 11 June 2018. But what is it? How is it scored? And, perhaps most importantly, how can parents help their children prepare for it? The Phonics Screening Check is meant to show how well your child can use the phonics skills they’ve learned up to the end of Year 1, and to identify children who need extra phonics help. The Department for Education defines the checks as “short, light-touch assessments” that take about four to nine minutes to complete.

The checks consist of 40 words and non-words that your child will be asked to read one-on-one with a teacher. Non-words (or nonsense words, or pseudo words) are a collection of letters that will follow phonics rules your child has been taught, but don’t mean anything – your child will need to read these with the correct sounds to show that they understand the phonics rules behind them.  The Department for Education has published information about why non-words are included, and what allowances have been put in place for SEND children. Click on the following link for advice phonics check parent leaflet

The 40 words and non-words are divided into two sections – one with simple word structures of three or four letters, and one with more complex word structures of five or six letters. The teacher administering the check with your child will give them a few practice words to read first – including some non-words – so they understand more about what they have to do. Each of the non-words is presented with a picture of a monster / alien, as if the word were their name (and so your child doesn’t think the word is a mistake because it doesn’t make sense!).

You can download the Department for Education’s official Year 1 Phonics screening check past papers to get an idea of what your child will be asked to do www.gov.uk/government/publications/phonics-screening-check-2017-materials. Your child will be scored against a national standard, and the main result will be whether or not they fall below, within or above this standard. SInce 2013 the “pass threshold” has been 32, which means children had to read at least 32 words out of 40 correctly. The threshold mark is communicated to schools at the end of June, after the test has been taken, so that teachers can mark the Check. You will be told how your child did, but schools’ results will not be published. If your child’s score falls below the standard, they will be given extra phonics help and can re-take the Phonics screening check in Year 2.

You can help your child prepare for their Phonics Screening Check by going over the phonics they’ve learned in Reception and Year 1.  Read new books and stories with them where they will be introduced to new words that they’ll have to sound out, and review the phonics sounds and rules.  Please attend our Parent Phonic Workshops held in the Autumn Term. Ask your teacher for advice on how your child is doing in phonics, and whether there are certain areas you should focus on at home. Keep in mind that if your child really struggles with phonics, the checks ought to enable them to get the extra help they need at school.